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Poster: staggerleib Date: Aug 9, 2010 2:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pizza Thoughts, and more...

For me, there's even one better... I always come back to it.

I found it on the web, I don't even remember where, but it was titled, the last known recording session. and I've seen it since called Knockin' on Heaven's Door. The song titles were as follows:

Amazing Grace
Guitar Jam
House of the Rising Sun
Jam
Knockin' on Heaven's Door
Little Saddle
Long Black Veil
Louis Collins
Man of Constant Sorrow
Rosa Lee McFall
Shady Grove
So What
Summertime

Far as I can tell, the same lineup as the Pizza Tapes. The guys are having so much fun, and the spontaneity and improv is just the same vibe, but Jerry's sort of just not quite there. He forgets lyrics. House, particularly is completely fucked up.

The pathos that runs through this is amazing for me, and I reach for it more often than probably anything else on my ipod.

I choose Jerry's solo stuff way more than I choose the Dead these days. I think that the economy of style, and the sound appeals to me more as I've gotten older. Don't get me wrong, I still love the stretched out jams, and the space of a dead show, but there's just something about a well crafted series of great songs as JGB did them together that simply does it for me. Pick an era, any era. From old and in the way through til the end. I love it all.


Jerry, I miss you.

This post was modified by staggerleib on 2010-08-09 21:35:03

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Poster: duckpond74 Date: Aug 9, 2010 2:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pizza Thoughts, and more...

Hey staggerlieb, what you hold dearly is actually one of the earlier "Pizza Tapes" bootlegs - not Jerry's last recordings, but rather recorded in early February '93. So, I'll beg to differ when you state "For me, there's even one better... I always come back to it", do yourself one kind favor and get yourself the sonically pristine "official realease" of The Pizza Tapes. All of those recordings you've grown to love will be found there - only sounding far better than you can imagine.

" Jerry's sort of just not quite there. He forgets lyrics. House, particularly is completely fucked up". I almost mentioned this earlier. It's been years since I've listened to the bootleg versions. On the official release, it's the last tune, and i'll agree with you that Jerry does seem to lose focus. My thoughts were that singing those lyrics may have brought up some bitter memories of being on the road with the dead and the unending fight with his addictions - that can be one powerful song . . . If that were the case, I can see Jerry being snapped back to the reality of his job, the exhausting tours or the like. After singing that tune he seems to have lost his joviality and tells the others that he's done, time to go, as if that reality check just popped his reverie of the last few hours of making fun music with friends . . . lot's of laughter and no bullshit.

With some of the banter and laughter left in, this recording makes for a vivid snapshot of the man, not so much a hot player among other hot players, but more of a friend among friends. I'm grateful that the tapes were rolling.

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Poster: vapors Date: Aug 9, 2010 4:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pizza Thoughts, and more...

Thanks for your post. I also just listened to this again today. Shared it with the crew at work. Forever grateful to Dawg!

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Poster: staggerleib Date: Aug 9, 2010 7:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pizza Thoughts, and more... Warts and All.

I can assure you that I have this official disc. I've owned the official release of "The Pizza Tapes" since it was released, as I have every JGB that has been. There did seem to be a weird number of years between the pizza sessions and the alleged recordings of what would be late july ninety five.

I've always wondered of the true provenance of the "Knockin" music, and am a bit disappointed to hear that this isn't, in fact, the history that I was led to believe. Oh well. I'll still go back to it often, and treasure it. I love the banter, and will always enjoy the screwups. If you go back maybe five or six years ago on the forum, you'll find a post of mine where I talk about how much I love the guys and how much I felt that in comparison to other bands where everything was always perfect (or played the same note-for-note, think pink floyd or genesis each night, not that I don't love both these bands) but each night was the same, With the dead you never knew what you'd get. I loved every minute. Warts and all...